Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

by J. K. Rowling

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Last Updated on May 5, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 400

Nineteen Years Later

The fall arrives quickly, and it is time for the students to return to Hogwarts via the Hogwarts Express on the first day of September. Harry comforts his daughter, Lily, who wants to go to Hogwarts now but has to wait another two years before she’s old enough. Harry’s sons, Albus and James, argue about whether Albus will be in Slytherin. Albus is obviously apprehensive about leaving home and asks his mom and dad, Harry and Ginny, to write to him often. James obviously enjoys teasing his younger brother, Albus.

Soon Hermione and Ron, also married, arrive. Ron brags to Harry about parking the car and passing the Muggle driving test. Their son and daughter, Hugo and Rose, wonder about which Hogwarts House they will be sorted into.

Draco Malfoy appears as well with his wife and his son Scorpius. He nods in a short way and turns to his own family. There is obviously still tension between the Malfoys, the Potters, and the Weasleys.

Then the conversation turns to the fact that Teddy Lupin is kissing Victoire (one of Bill and Fleur’s daughters). Ginny hopes that he will become one of the family. As the children get on the train, Ginny asks her son James to give Professor Neville Longbottom their regards.

Albus still worries that he will be put in Slytherin, so Harry leans down to him to give some comfort. Here Harry uses his son’s full name: Albus Severus Potter. Harry tells his son that he is named after two of the best Headmasters that Hogwarts has ever seen. One was in Gryffindor. One was in Slytherin. But Harry tells Albus Severus that if he really wants to be in Gryffindor, the Sorting Hat will take that into account. This amazes Albus because Harry had never told that to any of his children. This seems to give the greatest comfort to Albus, who gets on the train a bit more confidently.

Suddenly it is time for the Hogwarts Express to depart. Everyone looking out of the train stares at Harry Potter, and Ron jokes that they are all staring at him because he is so famous. Ginny comforts Harry that Albus will fit in wonderfully at Hogwarts. Harry agrees as he touches the light scar on his forehead: “The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.”

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